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January 28, 2011

Marine Shore Power – 15/20/30/50 Amps, 120/240 Volts, Adaptors

Filed under: Yachting — Richard Jordan @ 11:55 am

30 Amp Shore Power Cord

Shore power is a jungle that takes equal parts captain and physicist to navigate. Add on the complexities of European power arrangements, and one is truly overwhelmed. In this article, I will organize the options, explain why each is used, and what you can and can not do. The options I will cover are 15/20, 30, 50, 16, and 32 amp service.

US Households: 15/20 Amp, 120 Volt, 60 Hertz
In US houses, outlets provide 15/20 amps of current with 120 volts over 60 Hertz alternating current (AC). All US appliances such hairdryers, vacuums, TV sets are engineered to run off this set of variables. US vessels provide these 120V AC outlets throughout their interiors, so those aboard can use the same electrical appliances. Logically older vessels plugged into a shore power supply that provided 15/20 amp, 210 volt service like any other appliance. The vessels were another appliance connected to the shore system. But with ever increasing complexity, vessels soon needed more than the 120 volts times 20 amps equals 2,400 watts of energy. Remember from physics that Watts = Voltage x Amps. Either the voltage or amperage needed to increase. Continue reading “Marine Shore Power – 15/20/30/50 Amps, 120/240 Volts, Adaptors” »

January 13, 2011

Sailboat Rig Types: Sloop, Cutter, Ketch, Yawl, Schooner, Cat

Filed under: Yachting — Richard Jordan @ 2:47 pm

Staysail Schooner Rigged Tayana 55

Naval architects designate sailboat rig types by number and location of masts. The six designations are sloop, cutter, cat, ketch, yawl, and schooner. Although in defining and describing these six rigs I may use terminology associated with the sail plan, the rig type has nothing to do with the number of sails, their arrangement or location. Such terms that have no bearing on the rig type include headsail names such as jib, genoa, yankee; furling systems such as in-mast or in-boom; and sail parts such as foot, clew, tack, leach, and roach. Rig questions are one of the primary areas of interest among newcomers to sailing and studying the benefits of each type is a good way to learn about sailing. I will deal with the rigs from most popular to least. Continue reading “Sailboat Rig Types: Sloop, Cutter, Ketch, Yawl, Schooner, Cat” »

January 12, 2011

Bristol 45.5 Review: Ted Hood Classic

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 2:53 pm

Bristol 45.5 PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

The Bristol 45.5 is one of the second generation designs by New England’s Bristol Yachts, a continuation of the popular 35.5 Hood design. Clinton Pearson founded the company in 1966 after being ousted from Pearson Yachts which he co-founded with his brother Everett in 1959. Clinton purchased the troubled manufacturer “Sailstar” and renamed it Bristol Yachts after the production facility located on Popasquash Road, in Bristol, Rhode Island. After a successful decade of mostly Carl Alberg, full keeled designs, the company started producing high performance cruisers by Ted Hood’s design office such as this 45.5. Dieter Empacher was the lead naval architect and deserves much of the credit for these fantastic yachts. Launched in 1979 and produced until 1990, the 45.5 is a good subject to study the features of Bristol’s second generation which include centerboard keels, fine entries, and beefy aft sections. After focusing on custom projects during the 1990’s, the manufacturer went bankrupt in 1997 and permanently closed shop. Continue reading “Bristol 45.5 Review: Ted Hood Classic” »

January 8, 2011

Caribbean Geography: Feasting on Waves

Filed under: Navigating — Richard Jordan @ 10:44 am

A video from Alton Brown's show Feasting on Waves showing how to make Bush Tea while foraging in St. Kitts

Alton Brown’s “Feasting on Waves” captures a fun, attractive slice of cruising – exploring the cuisines of Caribbean cultures. If you have not seen the show, Alton sails around on two 50-foot custom catamarans, “Chef de Mer” and “Boheme,” to taste the flavors of local eateries in the islands. Apparently the show was produced in 2008, but I first saw it a couple weeks ago. He starts in St. Kitts and travels north through the Leeward Islands enroute to the BVI’s. He seeks to find authentic, traditional dishes. I like how precise and colorful Alton Brown is whether in his old show “Good Eats” or here. I caught the second episode where Alton is in St. Martin. He surveys the open markets of Marigot, goes to the Island Mauby factory (which is not very clean seeming), taste tests a Lolo in Grand Cass, and finally forages on Saba. The show made me dream about the Caribbean. Continue reading “Caribbean Geography: Feasting on Waves” »

December 31, 2010

Tayana 52 Review: Perry’s Sweetest Sheer

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: — Richard Jordan @ 2:17 pm

Tayana 52 PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

The Tayana 52 is one of Robert Perry’s favorite designs – self-proclaimed “sweetest sheer I ever drew.” Her history is in many ways a snapshot of the evolution of the sailboat industry over the past 30 years. Her changes (less teak, the addition of a sugar scoop stern, switch from Perkins to Yanmar diesel, etcetera) mirror those of other manufacturers. The design debuted in 1983 and is ostensibly still in production like most of Ta Yang’s yachts including the 42 and 55. They still have the tooling and will make one if someone wants. The newest hull seen on brokerage market is from 2001. She is a bluewater machine and one of the most charming Taiwanese yachts ever built. If you are looking for an aft cockpit, three stateroom sailing machine for a fair price, I highly recommend you consider this design. Continue reading “Tayana 52 Review: Perry’s Sweetest Sheer” »

December 30, 2010

Guide to Anti-fouling Paints: Biocide, Ablation, Teflon

Filed under: Yachting — Tags: , , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 2:02 pm
Boat Bottom Paint

Topsides, Boot Stripe, and Bottom

Anti-fouling paint protects the bottom of a boat’s hull from slime, weed, and barnacles. The active ingredient in the paint matrix is a biocide which differs depending on the location factors (water flow, salt concentration, temperature) and the type of usage. The three major types are (1) traditional, erodible, and hard paints. This article covers the trade-offs with each and their unique maintenance issues. Continue reading “Guide to Anti-fouling Paints: Biocide, Ablation, Teflon” »

December 26, 2010

BoatExpress: Free Yacht Design Software

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 4:35 pm

Screenshot from BoatExpress

Off and on for awhile I have been playing around with Gerard De Roy’s excellent BoatExpress naval architecture program (free download available here). I found out about the software via’s list of yacht design software. While it does not have all the functionality of AutoCAD, it is simple, well documented, and almost error free – written in the SmallTalk programming language and compatible at least up to Windows XP. As someone with a bachelors in software engineering, I admire the amount of hard work and thought Gerard put into this program to make it production quality. I highly recommend the software as a low learning curve way for arm chair sailors to experiment with and experience first hand yacht design. Continue reading “BoatExpress: Free Yacht Design Software” »

December 23, 2010

10 Best Trawlers From 40 to 50 Feet

Name this trawler. Is she one of the 10 best?

Whether for doing the Great Loop or putzing up and down the US Atlantic east coast, here is a short list of trawlers. A trawler is the middle ground between sail and power, and many clients seem to transfer between the two – especially seasoned sailboaters. I have limited my list to between 40 and 50 feet with a full range of prices. Continue reading “10 Best Trawlers From 40 to 50 Feet” »

December 20, 2010

Southern Ocean 60 Review: Modern Schooner

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 3:26 pm

Southern Ocean Shipyards 60 Under Sail

On paper the Ocean 60 sounds like an antiquated schooner character boat from the 1970’s and early 1980’s. But closer inspection reveals what can be aptly called a modern, racing schooner, eminently suitable for long-distance cruising with her sea kindly qualities and simple rig. The legendary British manufacturer Southern Ocean Shipyards – with the unfortunate acronym SOS – opened shop at their Poole, England yard (near Southhampton on the south coast) in the mid 1960’s. The first production boat off the line was a 53-foot Van De Stadt design in 1967. In the 1970’s, they produced about 25 hulls of the Ocean 71 which was lofted directly from Van De Stadt’s famous Stormvogel yacht, the first ocean maxi. In the late 1970’s, Southern Ocean produced smaller racers including a 36-footer by J. de Ridder and the 30 Contention by Doug Peterson. According to brokerage records the Ocean 60’s were built between 1980 and 1982. After which, the yard produced 62-foot Van De Stadt and 80-foot Peterson designs until around 1985. Continue reading “Southern Ocean 60 Review: Modern Schooner” »

December 18, 2010

20 Best Aft Cockpit Sailboats Not Double Ended Under $200,000

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 5:48 pm
Island Packet 38

Is this Island Packet 38 one of the best aft cockpit sailboats?

The below list consists of 20 aft cockpit sailboats with a transom not canoe stern from 36 to 45 feet in length. Please see our list of 10 best aft cockpit double enders in the same range. This list is a broad and an eclectic mix of sailboats. They include pinched stern IOR designs like the Tartan 37 to full keeled cruisers like a Cabo Rico 38 to modern racy designs like the Sabre 402. This is a liquid list that I will refine, split, and focus by distinct disciplines. If your boat search list is as diverse as this…you’re in trouble. Get on some real live boats and start over. I would appreciate any comments about the different categories that could be covered. I have listed the sailboats in alphabetical order. Continue reading “20 Best Aft Cockpit Sailboats Not Double Ended Under $200,000” »

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